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Name

Kate or Katie, depending on context.

About Me

Mother of two: William Jonathan "Jack" and Elizabeth Violet "E.V./Evie"

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March 21, 2014 10:21 AM

That never would have occurred to me.  Because the secondary stress is on the "air" in Aviary that is missing from Avery, and because Avery is a common enough name that I wouldn't be searching for other similar-sounding words, it just doesn't seem like an issue.  

Besides, aviaries seem like nice places.  Associations would be positive, I'd think. 

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March 21, 2014 10:08 AM

I guess my parents were ahead of their time! We were born in the early '80s. 

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March 21, 2014 09:58 AM

I've never fully understood the desire for unique names because, as a Kate/Katie/Katherine, I've always loved meeting people who share my name.  It creates an instant (albeit small) bond with new people.  (Plus it's always fun to go out in groups of 3+ Katies and introduce ourselves to people.)  But because those people usually have a name that is different from mine in some way (e.g. my friends nicknamed Katie who are officially Catherine, Kathleen, and Caitlyn and other Katherines who go by Kathy or Cat) it doesn't feel oppressively SAME, if that makes any sense.  I still felt unique (especially when, growing up, I was the only one whose initials, when spoken, pronounced my name: KT or KDT.)

So I gave my kids the same thing: top 10 first name + common or rising nickname, with a twist. Luckily, they've both also loved meeting others with their names so far.  Again, there's an instant bond.  But we have yet to meet anyone with both the same first and nickname as either.   

Maybe I'd feel differently if I had a common last name, but I've also somewhat envied the few Jennifer Smiths I've known, so perhaps not.  At any rate, it's a very satisfying way to name babies (especially if you happen to be drawn to popular names, but fear their popularity -- it's not that bad!)

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Not remotely a deal-breaker! I love the sibset and think they go perfectly together. Love both names.  

5
October 9, 2013 02:31 PM
In Response to It's a boy!

A former coworker got annoyed with Pammy, so I called her El(l)a.  You didn't have to be Pammy!

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October 9, 2013 02:06 PM

I'm putting my money ($0.00) on Donor Hunter Carmine Goldberg.  

I love her names.  

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October 9, 2013 01:39 PM
In Response to Preschool class

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but I look forward to finding out! I googled to find out more about the name and the only hit as a name turned out to be a poor-quality PDF really saying "Nancy."  The other hits were English+gobbledegook, Portuguese, or Slovak.  There's a distinct possibility that it was a typo or I mis-read it, as well. 

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October 9, 2013 01:26 PM
In Response to Preschool class

I tried to look up the census data, but the site is down due to the federal shut down.  :-/  But the GreatSchools website seems more useful, anyway.  It says: 

Hispanic: 39%; Black: 28%; White 22%; Asian: 8%; 2+ races: 2% American Indian/Alaska native: 1%; Hawaiian native/Pacific Islander: 1%

I think it's particularly interesting because the high school is far less diverse, so it must be something about our little neighbohood(s). The high school has White: 40%; Black: 35%; Hispanic: 17%; Asian: 7%; 2+: 1%.  I was also surprised the Asian population isn't higher, but then I realized my kids' Indian friends are all in private schools.  

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October 4, 2013 10:52 AM
In Response to My name is Sonny

"Sonny" on a name tag would give me pause, too.  Rather than asking about it or doing any interpretive dance, I'd probably just avoid using his name, but I would have a hard time calling him Sonny for the same reason I'd have a hard time calling a person of color "Boy."  "Sonny" seems like a disparaging nickname.  It reminds me of that ad about Mr. Dumass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe3WDmxBEI.  I'd rather ask than accidentally insult. 

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October 4, 2013 10:37 AM
In Response to Preschool class

My son's elementary school had a party last week and I was able to snap a pic of names of three of the 4 kindergarten classes.  We have:

Teacher 1: (List appears to be formal names)
Arlene 
Elena Maria
Tristan
Wilfredo
Solomon
Gabriella
Ana
Jeffrey
Guadalupe
Jazmin
Kyra
James
Anesu (g)
Justyce
Jairon
Aviva
Orlando
Perla
Jayden
Bradley
Ayana
Justin
Yesly

Teacher 2: (List includes nicknames in parentheses)
Christopher
Anna
Shania
Jada
Naitxy
Tannia
Natan
Elizabeth
Stephany
Lilly
Nathaniel (Boyd)
John
Jaden
Caden
Karmen
Richard
McKylan
Sophia
Maurice
Margaret (Maggie) 
Morgan

Teacher 3: (Names decorating door, names the kids go by)
Jordan
Chelsey
Mariama
Alana
Leyu
Amanda
Ethan
Christian
Chris
Gavin
Jaquelin
Breyonna
Jack 
Andrew
Monserrat
Amber
Mirabel
Caroline
Lam-Dat
David 
Kennedy

Process of elimination - kids from his Pre-K class last year who aren't listed above:
Binisha
Ramon
Domonique
Harper (b)
Camila
Alexis
Estefany
Jusiyah
Jules
Miles
Natalee
Daniela
Victoria 

(Edited for typo) 

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August 15, 2013 09:54 AM

Well said, laurzella.  I looked the judge up in the TN bar directory and she does not appear to be a member. 

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August 1, 2013 12:16 PM

My friend Lauren often goes by Lu and another friend has a daughter named Lindsay, whom she calls Lou.  I think just about any L name can have the NN Lou, really.  (Of course, this is coming from someone who calls her son William "Jack.")

Elouise does appear to be climbing quickly, but it's only in the 300s and I wouldn't worry too much about it becoming "too popular" unless you feel strongly about never wanting her to meet another one. Names are SO diverse these days!  Both of my kids have top 10 names for their birth years, but with nicknames.  Neither has had any others with either of their names in their classes. Jack has met a couple of other Jacks out and about and a Jackson and a Will were in his after school care, but we've seen nary an Elizabeth or Evie.  Even if there are 50 other Eloises, chances are you'll know them only as Ellie, Elle, or Ella. 

Naming is hard and you can't predict what will become super popular.  Go with what you love.  

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August 1, 2013 11:56 AM

A+

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May 15, 2013 01:40 PM
In Response to Hurricane names

Has anyone posted a link to this year's hurricane names?  

http://www.wpbf.com/hurricanes/list-2013-hurricane-names/-/8886336/20156376/-/ep1ljo/-/index.html

 

+ Andrea
+ Barry
+ Chantal
+ Dorian
+ Erin
+ Fernand
+ Gabrielle
+ Humberto
+ Ingrid
+ Jerry
+ Karen
+ Lorenzo
+ Melissa
+ Nestor
+ Olga
+ Pablo
+ Rebekah
+ Sebastien
+ Tanya
+ Van
+ Wendy

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March 22, 2013 08:17 AM
In Response to Names Make the Book

My favorite is Orson Scott Card's Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. I really hope the movie adaptation (set for release in November, looks like) lives up to my astronomic expectations.  Even if it doesn't do the book justice, at least the names will be the same!

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February 28, 2013 08:06 AM
In Response to Feminizing Justin

How about Jesstin?

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February 4, 2013 08:54 AM

Last Thursday, I encountered both a Sequoia and a Sequoya (in an urban area in the US.) Struck me as funny after reading this post. 

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January 28, 2013 08:54 AM

A girl named Hasty (rhyming with "nasty," for lack of a better rhyme) went to my high school and I always assumed it was an ethnic name because she had exotic looks and surname, but I never knew her heritage.  A Google search of her surname shows others with it from Iran.  A few name sites list "Hasti" and "Hastee" as Farsi/Persion names meaning "existence" or "life."

Much prettier potential rationale than "Hmm that word does sound nice" but who knows.

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December 3, 2012 09:02 AM

Gah, I hate to be this person, but I'd want to know.  Please delete this comment! 

I think you intended to say "cite the same two precedents" in paragraph three.

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November 27, 2012 01:12 PM

Is Sofia/Sophia too unspecific to 2012?

It just hit number one for the 2011 names (revealed this year) and NASA's SOFIA Spectrometer has been around for a few years, but this May it detected two new molecules.  Modern Family premiered in 2009, but Sofia Vergara seems to be as popular as ever now. Sophia is also a character in Walking Dead, which pre-dates 2011 but is ridiculously popular right now. Finally, Disney's Sofia the First debuted last week and has generated headlines regarding whether she is latina (enough.)

Am I missing anything?